How-To Upgrade your TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Upgrade Center' started by hinsdale, Dec 21, 2001.

  1. May 24, 2002 #261 of 1590

    Gutless New Member

    May 19, 2002


    Wow, everything worked great. I just had one thing to add. My Series 2 came with a Ultra DMA cable (which only had enough connectors for a single drive). The only cable I had that had holes for all the pins on the motherboard connecter was a non-Ultra DMA cable. The Series 2 won't even boot without the Ultra DMA cable, even if I try it with just the original drive by itself.

    I took an Ultra DMA cable and performed the suggested modification to punch a hole in it with a candle-heated paper clip. Works like a charm.

    The bottom line is Series 2's MUST use an Ultra DMA cable. Hope that saves other people some headaches.

    Thanks again,
  2. May 25, 2002 #262 of 1590

    nichols_eric New Member

    Jan 23, 2002
    I added a 120GB drive to my 14 Hr Philips. I now have 163 hours at basic! Now I need to scour the forums for all the other features that I never used before :). Thanks Hinsdale and everyone else!
  3. May 25, 2002 #263 of 1590

    wanzong New Member

    May 25, 2002
    Gilroy, CA
    Just wanted to echo the many folks who have expressed their thanks to all the people who worked so hard to develop the tools and procedures for upgrading TiVos!

    The upgrade of my DSR6000 to two 120GB drives was completed successfully... despite one of the new drives not working out of the box. After replacing it, all went well! Up to 225 hours... gotta love it!

    Thanks again!!!

  4. May 25, 2002 #264 of 1590

    feldon23 MythBuster

    Mar 13, 2001
    Houston, TX
    Notice the slight, but significant change to my signature.

    Thanks hinsdale, Tiger, Kazymyr. You guys do rock. :)

    Went off without a hitch. I ended up copying and pasting all the relevant bits from hinsdale's guide into a blank Word document.
  5. May 26, 2002 #265 of 1590

    Robin Impolite arrogant woman

    Dec 6, 2001


    Yet another sucsess!

    Yesterday we added the 80 GB drive from Staples to our 20 hour Phillips SA, giving us 120 hours in basic <happy dance>.

    Everything went smooth as silk.

    A tip for getting the case off: Two people. Neither my husband or I could easily get it off ourselves, but with me bracing the back and him sliding the case, it was off in seconds. You could probably duplicate that with one person by bracing the back against something small (so the case won't hit it) and immoveable.

    Another big "thank you" to Hinsdale and everyone involved in the guide and associated utilities.
  6. May 28, 2002 #266 of 1590

    VoR TheGoal is Elevation

    Oct 29, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    What a memorable Memorial day this wiil be! Yet another Success!

    Thanks for the easy to follow instructions hinsdale!!

    Thanks hinsdale, Tiger, Kazymyr.
  7. May 28, 2002 #267 of 1590

    EricG TiVo Junkie

    Jan 31, 2002
    Upgraded my Second DirecTiVo last weekend.

    Thanks Hinsdale, Tiger, Kazymyr !

  8. May 28, 2002 #268 of 1590

    efilnicafesin New Member

    Mar 29, 2002
    NJ -- (Exit...
    Just wanted to say thanks to Hinsdale and company for such an awesome guide. I just resurrected my dead SA Tivo with a new HD. You don't realize how much Tivo has enhanced TV viewing until you have to watch without it. The only problem I had was trying to sort through the "If you have this model, do this" in the guide.

    I would also like to understand what I did while following the guide...What some of the commands mean and the switches in the commands. Is that part of standard Linux software or is there explainations for what some of the commands mean?
  9. May 28, 2002 #269 of 1590

    peg4r New Member

    Oct 11, 2000
    Westlake, OH
    Yessssss!!!!! (Celebration of adding an 80G Staples special Maxtor to my 30G for 128Hours at Basic and 35 at Best)
    Thanks!!!!!(to Hinsdale, Tiger, Kazymyr and all others for their hard work in developing and documenting these enhancements)
    Time breakdown - opening case (day and a half of intermittent attempts, finally succeeding on third try with cable puller) following the rest of the procedure (1 hour, 45 minutes).

    I have never done anything with Linux and previous trips into the innards of my computer have been limited to installing a CDRom Drive and an old Bernoulli drive with SCSI card. I am a retired teacher, however, and am very good at both giving and following directions, especially ones as well written as Hinsdale's! You get an A+! If I can do this, anybody can.

    Now its off to Radio Shack for some cable ties and rubber feet.

  10. May 29, 2002 #270 of 1590

    chippyt New Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    I DID IT!!!

    I ordered the Staples 80GB HDD last week and received it yesterday via UPS. I have a Hughes DirecTIVO, I backed up the TIVO, tested the backup, then blessed and added the drive. I had a bum Y-power adapter, which took a little bit to fix. Then routing the IDE cable in the TIVO box was a pain. But the guide was perfect and it was very easy to do.

  11. May 29, 2002 #271 of 1590

    jerrylin New Member

    Oct 10, 2001
    Wanted to say thanks to Hinsdale too.

    Upgraded my DirecTiVo with two 80G drives from Circuit City (Memorial Weekend special price, $99 each). I tried the Staples special but Staples called and said they were out of stock.

    Running at 146 hours now, looking good.
  12. May 30, 2002 #272 of 1590

    EricG TiVo Junkie

    Jan 31, 2002
    I had TWO Y-adapters where the pins came out. BOTH from RatShack. Hey? Whad'ay want for $3.99 ;)

  13. May 31, 2002 #273 of 1590

    mattmarkel New Member

    May 20, 2002
    Hinsdale is a God!!! And thank you to many others who posted their input on using a pc with XP and the great 120GB deal online. It took me 2 and a half hours to replace my original 30GB drive (that has been "stoppling") with the 120GB Maxtor from Fry's/ The pack-rat that I am, I had an old 2GB drive... unplugged my c: drive and replaced it with the old 2GB which was already FAT32... had to keep in mind which drive was which slave/master, etc. while following Hinsdale's instructions because my cd drive wasn't recognized when I moved it, and the rest was a cake-walk!
    I've got 40 hours at the "best" quality or 145 hours at "basic"... couldn't be happier! Thanks again!

    Matt Markel
    Sony SVR2000 with 145 Hours as of today!
  14. May 31, 2002 #274 of 1590

    neldyn New Member

    Jan 15, 2002
    Is there a maximum amount of GB that can be added to a Sony SVR 2000? Is there a ceiling per drive and/or in total?
  15. May 31, 2002 #275 of 1590

    Nighty New Member

    May 23, 2002
    Thanks Hinsdale and everyone else!

    I have successfully upgraded using the instructions without issue, save for a few of the self-inflicted kind....
  16. Jun 1, 2002 #276 of 1590

    trojanrabbit Cat Referee

    Mar 10, 2001
    Near the...
    Upgraded to a 145 hour TiVo with a new 120GB Maxtor A drive.

    Any problems I had were due to operator error (mixed up drives, jumpers, brain not in gear) and the need to nearly completely disassemble my PC to get the drives in with the short cables provided.

    Thanks to everyone involved.
  17. Jun 2, 2002 #277 of 1590

    uvasabri New Member

    Apr 4, 2002
    It was much easier than i had anticipated. Thank you so much. Upgraded my 14hr with 2 80GB dives. Now running at 199 hrs.
  18. Jun 2, 2002 #278 of 1590

    Nighty New Member

    May 23, 2002
    Upgraded my DTiVo this weekend, and everything went perfect. Replaced the A Drive, with a new 80GB drive.

    Now have "Up to 69 hours, variable," doubling the original capacity!

    Thanks again!
  19. Jun 3, 2002 #279 of 1590

    EricG TiVo Junkie

    Jan 31, 2002

    Why didn't you simply add the new 80G drive giving you a total of about 108 hours?
  20. Jun 5, 2002 #280 of 1590

    alexander123 New Member

    Jun 1, 2002
    Hello Gutless,

    I too have a new series 2, but as it is my first tivo, I am a bit leery of opening it up, and voiding the waranty. I spent a pretty penny for it, and the subscription, so I I figured I would wait until the warranty was over.

    Problem is I am having a hard time recording all the world cup games!

    So...What drive did you upgrade with, and did it really go that smoothly.



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